Good value and fun for kids
This is a great place for a family holiday; there are activities for every age group, the location is good and accommodation and food good value. In this price range you could (and we have) done a lot worse. The apartments are a little dated but spacious and kept spotlessly clean. We got what we requested - a first floor apartment away from the entertainment area - although we did have to wait two hours for it. The reception staff were very helpful, the gardening staff and waiting staff efficient and tireless and Lorena's entertainment team were the friendliest, funniest and most professional we've ever come across (although we could have done without the relentless and tasteless poolside music). We did feel the hotel struggled a little in our second week as it reached capacity - the atmosphere soured as people began to fight over sunbeds (many of which were broken) and tables in the evening. Aquarock water park was fab and a good fall-back when the very nice hotel pool got crowded, and the Marina was beautiful day and night. Chaplins bar deserves a mention for the incredibly friendly service. The beach is lovely but we preferred the less crowded beaches we reached by hire car, especially the spectacular Cala Galdana, Mitjaneta and Cavalleria with its red sand. Worth avoiding - Amigos boat cruises (which should be renamed 'give us your money and we'll give you the experience of a hundred people vomiting in unison') and the Parrot man (Sunday night's entertainer)who shouted in my face when I politely declined to buy the photograph he'd taken of my children which I hadn't seen and for which he wanted more money than we paid for two children's meals at Chaplins or any activity on or off the hotel complex. On the whole however, this was a great experience and we would go to a Garden hotel again.
August 13, 2012
Fantastic value for money!
We stayed here from 2/08/13 for 1week, probably one of the busiest weeks for any hotel and had, overall, a fantastic family holiday- despite many 'tripadvisor' comments leading us to believe we were in for a rubbish time. Having spent the best part of £2000 a year to holiday for a week in the UK in recent years #£900 for a small, self catering cottage in August, 3 tanks of diesel, food, drinks, restuarants/pubs, entertaining the kids and pouring rain!#, the £2350 we spent for a family of 4 at Marinda Gardens represented fantastic value for money. The food was freshly cooked in front of you, and included quality fish such as sea bass/bream, tuna, swordfish, mackerel to name but a few. Not to mention the fresh meats, including veal, steak, pork escalopes, lamb chops, etc., once again cooked in front of your own eyes. There were various stews, roast joints of meat, cold meats, cheeses, breads, along with a massive selection of fresh salads and vegetables and other options to suit all tastes- including the obligatory burgers, pizzas, nuggets for the youngsters and those with limited taste/taste buds. There was something different every night. As for the queues, it never took us more than 3or4mins to reach the front, even at the busiest times- you'd be hard pressed to beat that in Macdonalds!
All of the staff were courteous at all times, and when we did suggest that the air-conditioning didn't seem to be working as well as it had been. we were told that a couple of the units at the refrigeration plant weren't working and were currently being repaired. Even so, the maintenance guy called round within 10mins to make sure there wasn't a problem within our apartment.
I quite agree with previous comments that the apartments could do with freshening up, but ours was perfectly adequate and clean, with good maid service and clean towels 5 out of the 7 days we were there. I did notice that the canvass on some of the older sun loungers could benefit from a quick blast with a pressure washer, but apart from that, the pool area was clean and tidy, with staff frequently clearing up and emptying the bins.
The entertainment staff were the hardest working bunch of people you will ever meet- on the go all day. The evening entertainment may have fallen below West End standards, but the kids loved it, and you'd be hard pressed to give them anything less than 100% for effort and enthusiasm!
Our children made good use of the aquapark next door, and for 3euros for a sunbed and parasol, us adults found it offered plenty of space when the hotel pool area was busy, and you felt the need to escape the very small minority of kids who, in my opinion, were more in need of better parental supervision than they were a lifeguard!
Although this is the sort of holiday we steered clear of before we had children, we had a wonderful time and would definitely be happy to return/recommend to freinds. Happy kids, happy parents, happy holiday! Marinda Gardens is well situated for the beach and marina #10mins easy walking# and easily punches above it's 3star rating!
August 15, 2013
great holiday for families
We have just come back from staying here the room for a family of 4 was way to small but at the end of the day we just needed a bed. The food wasvexellent great choice, water park was amazing makesure you get your wrist bands for free entry they tried to charge me!!! Not much to do as in days out so luckly there was the water park. We did go on a boat trip which was ok.the town is only 10 min walknot much there shopping wise just bars and restuarants.on the whole had a grwat holiday I think I way over paid after speaking to other families who got it dirt cheap all inclysive leaving it 2 weeks before so ill bedoing that next year!!! Everybody is friendly lovley place would go back would recommend!!
July 31, 2013
really good holiday in cala'n bosch
this holiday would suit young or mature couples or families with young children. The reviews I read before we went made me feel a bit sceptical ( dirty appts & ants), however we didn't see 1 ant in our appt' 1504 & maids were very thorough
We stayed in the Marinda Gardens, 5 min walk to centre of cala'n bosch & added bonus of free entry to aquapark next door. We were self catering & although the utensils left a lot to be desired, they proved to be adequate.
June 13, 2013
We have just returned from our first visit to Marinda Garden and would not go back,
We were told its a great place for children of all ages but for our 21mth old grand daughter there was nothing for her to do.
The accommodation is in serious need of modernisation, very poor lighting, also be prepared to mop up if you get a thunderstorm/heavy rainfall as water just comes in through the bottom of the door, we were paddling @ 2am in the morning having to use all towels to try and stop the water from reaching the living room, on reporting this to reception they said they would send someone to look at it but we saw no one.
The food was below average we were all inclusive but found ourselves eating out 7 out of the 11 days we were there.
Please note the broucher/website states satterlite tv we did not have this only channel 4 in english which was a news/movie channel.
Entertainment was good for children age 4 and upwards otherwise go to the harbour and find alternative entertainment. Chaplins is a good place to go.
May 24, 2013
i have worked in the travel industry for over 10 years so have been to many places 1* - 5* as a family with 2 small children under 7 we have been there twice and are going to book again its brilliant u get what u pay for its 3* its clean the apartments are basic but have everything u need the location is fantastic 5 min stroll to the marina which is a delight to sit that close to the water & boats and eat ur dinner in lovely restuarants that serve lovely food not the normal slop u get in bigger resorts.
we went self catering both times but upgraded to drinks package wristband when we arrived well worth the money u can drink whatever u want then and the kids can have as many slush puppies or juice as they like and u dont have to worry about the cost. the entertainment in the evening was great we never made it back from the marina for the kiddies disco but they loved the shows, kids club english run was fantastic for the kids as its right next to the pool, and we went to the waterpark every morning it was empty until around lunchtime so u had it to urselves great value for money
we decided to have a change last year and go to calan forcat DONT GO ull be disapointed were going back to marinda gardens and cant wait ;0)
January 8, 2013
Best holiday we've had.
We have travelled to a lot of different places but Menorca was by far the nicest. Very family orientated and the restaurant El Quijo (next to Chaplins) was fantastic-great service, delicious food, extremely reasonable and it had a fantastic childrens soft play area. The beaches are beautiful and everything close together. The hotel was really good, loads going on, fantastic kids club and getting free access to the waterpark was a massive plus. Only downside was we occassionally found ants in the room but cant fault anything else. We will definately be back!!
October 19, 2012
Great holiday for young & old! Menorca is a great family destination!
Marinda Gardens was great apartment complex. From the entertainment to the reception staff, everyone was happy and pleasent, the most approachable staff I've ever self with. Calan Bosch is a marvellous child friendly resort, definetly a place I'm excited to return to.
October 14, 2012